McConnell Promises Obamacare Repeal Vote In GOP Senate

AP

Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the Senate will hold an Obamacare repeal vote when Republicans take over the chamber.

“Number one: We certainly will have a vote on proceeding to a bill to repeal Obamacare. … It was a very large issue in the campaign,” he told Roll Call in an interview published on Monday.

Republicans will have 54 members in the new Senate to convene on January 3. Sixty votes will be needed to overcome an expected Democratic filibuster on a bill that repeals Obamacare.

Though he spoke of a more cooperative and functioning Senate, McConnell insisted that Republicans “will go at that law [Obamacare] — which in my view is the single worst piece of legislation passed in the last half century — in every way that we can.”

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